Eagles QB Competition Heating Up: Michael Vick’s Height Seems to Be An Issue

On Tuesday evening, Manav (The Khandyman himself) posted the pic below up on Twitter showing the five Eagles’ quarterbacks dropping back in drills. I took a look and two things stood out to me. First, the obvious is Michael Vick being the only left-handed QB on the roster. Now, while that’s not uncommon as most QBs are right-handed, it’s likely that Vick would stand out amongst almost any team photo running drills.

The second item that stood out was the fact that Vick, even while being in the forefront of the photo, still looked small in comparison to the other QBs on the roster. I tweeted these thoughts to Manav and we engaged in a short discussion over whether or not that was enough to write an article on. In the end, I decided that it was too early to really make any judgements on the open Quarterback competition. Boy, was I wrong.

Eagle QB Drill

Left to Right: Vick (#7), Barkley (#2), Dixon (#3), G.J. Kinne (#4) & Foles (#9).

Since that conversation two things have materialized in the Eagles quarterback competition. On Wednesday, Sheil Kapadia of Birds 24/7 gave some great insight on that day’s practice. In his recap, he mentioned that Vick threw the ball into one of those fly swatter-looking contraptions that the coaching staff uses to simulate 6’5″ defensive linemen with their hands in the air (see pic below). This is the second time that Vick had thrown a ball into these stationary objects and it made me revisit my thoughts concerning the pic above and got me thinking: Why is it that Vick has been the only QB to hit these in practices? Does his size have anything to do with it? What are the other QBs doing differently?

I believe that Vick’s size does have something to with this issue. With Vick measuring in at a listed 6’0″, he is certainly smaller than the other QBs currently on the roster. For the record, Nick Foles is listed at 6’6″, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne are both listed at 6’2″ and Dennis Dixon is listed at 6’3″. It’s also been speculated in the past that while Vick is listed at 6’0″, that he is probably closer to 5’11”.

Photo via Sheil Kapadia of Birds 24/7.

Now what does that really mean and why is it relevant? Well, smaller quarterbacks have a tougher time scanning the field and locating their receivers while going through their reads. They also need to find throwing lanes much more often than a taller QB does in order to get the ball to the receiver. Hence, this would contribute to Vick having a high number of balls batted down at the line of scrimmage the past few years.

It’s fair to note also that in 2010, Vick was allowed to roll out much more often and create plays, which  enabled him to have a better view downfield.

In 2011 and 2012, Vick was contained more often as former coaches Andy Reid & Marty Mornhinweg tried to have him run more 3-5 step drops and stay in the pocket more often. The combination of Vick’s containment and his size led to Vick taking longer to deliver the ball which led to an alarming interception rate.

Fast forward to today, and as I was scanning through Twitter I come across numerous reports concerning Michael Vick’s public plea for Chip Kelly to name a starter before training camp opens and voicing his displeasure with splitting reps with Foles and the other QBs on the roster.

Here are some excerpts from Michael Vick and reporters;

“Hopefully, Chip makes a decision before training camp and we won’t have to answer that question, so we can go out there as quarterbacks and just focus on this season and not answer questions about competition every day.” – Michael Vick

Asked if tension could mount between he and Foles as the competition plays out this summer, Vick said, “Yeah, but hopefully we’ll have an answer by then, so I’m not going to answer that.” – Michael Vick

“It’s tough. I have to continue to be a professional and put my feelings and emotions to the side, and just continue to compete. But it’s hard. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t, but that’s just what I have to deal with, and I’m going to keep dealing with it until I see otherwise.” – Michael Vick

“Vick was approached again to make sure he understood that his comments were on the record. He responded by asking the reporter to print his request that Kelly settle on a starter before camp to avoid the rampant speculation.” – Geoff Mosher, Comcast SportsNet

Chip Kelly has stated that he likely will not name the starter until he sees how the players fare in pads running contact drills, that nobody will be handed their spot on the roster and will be expected to compete for it. For Michael Vick to go against his coach and publicly plea to the media for his coach to name the starter after a few OTAs and mandatory mini-camps is a bit unsettling. While it may not exactly present a disrespect of Chip Kelly by Vick, even DeSean Jackson, when unhappy with running drills with the twos and threes, went directly to his coach to voice his concerns. So while I am not convinced Vick was intentionally being disrespectful towards Kelly, there was a far better way to go about voicing your frustrations toward the situation. It’s also clear that Vick seems to have a sense that he wouldn’t be held to the same standards of having to compete.

This doesn’t appear to be something to fade away until Kelly does in fact name a starter. We’ll keep a close eye on this as the weeks go by and keep you up to date.


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Author:Jerry Pomroy

Born & bred in Philly. Grew up in Fishtown, but lived all over the city. Philly sports nut, but always try to keep my opinions objective and honest...Never a homer. Love to push the envelope to get people thinking...

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2 Comments on “Eagles QB Competition Heating Up: Michael Vick’s Height Seems to Be An Issue”

  1. June 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    We’ll see how it pans out, but if he’s not named the starter it’s likely that he asks for a trade. I understand his point in that he’s tired of answering the questions, but that goes with the territory in an open QB competition. Chip would be a fool to just hand the reigns to a QB that’s played meager at best the past two years. Even with that said, that was 1-2yrs ago and Chip has given everyone a clean slate to make their mark and solidify their spots on the roster. Chip’s hasn’t been drinking the kool-aid up to this point. Hopefully it stays that way and he makes Vick understand where he stands. Mike is just gonna have to man-up, good, bad or indifferent to where Chip goes with this.

  2. June 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Reblogged this on Evening the Score and commented:
    Vick’s got an attitude that reminds me of TO. He’s kind of like a watered down TO and he really has no room to whine like he deserves more than the other quarterbacks. He needs to prove that spot belongs to him, he has to earn it just like everyone else, but for some strange reason he believes that he’s deserving of the starting spot right off the bat. His attitude will end up causing problems for the team or getting him booted.

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